Gillian Ellsay, Emiliah Harvey crack top 10 at road cycling worlds
Canada's coach calls result 'very inspiring for the future'
Canadian juniors Gillian Ellsay and Emiliah Harvey finished in the top 10 in the individual time trial at the UCI road cycling world championships in Richmond, Va.
Ellsay, from Victoria, B.C., covered the 15-kilometre course in 22 minutes 3.64 seconds for eighth place, while Harvey was four seconds slower to place 10th.
American riders went 1-2 with Chloe Dygert setting the pace with a 20:18.47 ride, while teammate Emma White was a little over a minute back in 21:24.00. Third place went to Australia's Anna-Leeza Hull.
Canadian coach Denise Kelly was pleased with the results, saying: "Our goal today was a top-10 finish for the junior girls so to have two attain that was very inspiring for the future."
Ellsay admitted feeling some pressure.
"In the starting gate I was really nervous, but once I took the first pedal stroke down the ramp, I relaxed a bit," she told Cycling Canada. "I honestly don't remember much about the race other than trying to put as much pain into my legs as possible in the last five kilometres."
Two other Canadians rode in the men's under-23 individual time trial as Hamilton's Sean Mackinnon placed 20th with a time of 38:47.06 for the course that measured just under 30 km. Alex Cataford of Ottawa was 33rd with a time of 39:28.10.
Denmark's Mads Wurtz Schmidt won the men's race with a time of 37:10.96. German riders Maximilian Schachmann and Lennard Kamna took second and third.
Tuesday's competition features individual time trials for the junior men and elite women.
With files from Cycling Canada